Shawnee, Kansas

Shawnee Police Patch

Site LE Agency
Shawnee Police Department

Site Researcher
Kevin Bryant, Ph.D., Benedictine College

Site Focus
Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)

SPI Strategy
Place-based policing, Offender-based policing

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Small rural area of 41.85 sq. miles, with a population of 62,604

Project Overview

The Shawnee Police Department SPI examined the effects of Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) on vehicle theft, vehicle burglary, robbery, and vehicle collisions in a selected target zone. In addition, the study examined officer attitudes toward the implementation of DDACTS, as well as business and resident perceptions. Focus groups were conducted in which department staff were asked questions based on four central foci related to the adoption and implementation of the DDACTS initiative in Shawnee: purpose, training, effectiveness, and sustainability. In addition, officers were deployed to DDACTS areas and used high-visibility traffic enforcement to reduce crashes and make more contacts in the area. The result was a greater police presence, more traffic stops, and improved quality of life in Shawnee.

Data Highlight

  • Between 2007 and 2009, Shawnee witnessed an increase in Part 1 violent crime.
  • The Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) zone showed a 32 percent decrease in vehicle burglary, 40 percent decrease in vehicle thefts, and 24 percent decrease in collisions involving injuries.